More than once I wrote in my analysis, Latin America is not on the agenda of priorities of the U.S. government headed by Barack Obama. . The key issues for the United States are domestic economic crisis and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The speech the president a few days ago Barack Obama gave on the state of the Union has reaffirmed. This speech has one goal, that once a year the President to tell the citizens of his country, despite the difficult internal and external situation being experienced by the Union health is good. But back to relations with Latin America.
Remember the expectations aroused by the message delivered by Barack Obama at the 5th Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. There could easily decode a message very different from those who preceded in power, I mean George W. Bush, with particular emphasis on its long-awaited speech of multilateralism. Unfortunately, the financial crisis and wars "inherited" the president did Barack Obama increasingly pulling out their eyes in Latin America. Although, that in these moments of tragedy that Haiti is living, is playing a key role, as it will in future be appointed by United Nations former President William Clinton in charge of the whole process reconstruction in that country. Although Latin America is deeply divided on the three areas I would call politically and ideologically speaking, it shows different readings of what to expect from this relationship.
Today in Latin America are present governments of the moderate left, center-right and radical left "lead" Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez through Alba, who has eleven years in power and in a recent speech opted to go eleven more . This first year of President Barack Obama has been marked by three easily identifiable situations in their relationship with Latin America: the case of Cuba, the coup in Honduras and expansion military agreement with Colombia. The latter situation has created a climate of opposition in most of the nations of the region. Certainly the United States "lacked tact" in handling such a sensitive issue, as that allowed due to the extension of the agreement the use of 7 bases by Colombian troops, planes and American ships. Despite this concession in Colombia, the U.S. government announced a cut to funding of Plan Colombia, some 50 million dollars. Those which have received preferential treatment in the foreign policy of Obama, have been the two regional giants: Mexico and Brazil. With Mexico, the neighborhood (they share the largest border of the world), migration, economic investments, the FTA and support the fight against drugs through the Merida Initiative and other issues are the key to deepening the relationship. While the South American giant, Brazil, has been recognized as an emerging power its global leadership, including Barack Obama himself has stated repeatedly admirer of Brazilian President Luis Inacio "Lula" Da Silva. Although I must clarify that still remain differences in approach between the two countries on various issues on the international agenda. The desire for the second year in office that began Barack Obama, is that the U.S. develop a broader foreign policy with Latin America and inclusive. The reality is that U.S. domestic economic problems, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and if we add in the last days problems in the relationship with China, arms sales to Taiwan and a possible meeting with the Dalai Lama Obama, more sending a rocket into space of the Islamic Republic of Iran, these are the great themes of the agenda in which Latin America will not be prominent.